Mark Lawrenson has once again not backed Sheffield United to win in his latest round of predictions.

After more than three months off due to Premier League football being suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, it might have given Lawrenson time to reassess.

Yet ahead of the Blades’ trip to Newcastle United on Sunday, Lawro is as predictable as ever. He thinks the score will be 1-1.

“Sheffield United did not really look like scoring for long periods against Aston Villa and, sadly for them, everyone who mattered missed it when they did get the ball into the net,” he wrote in his BBC Sport column.

“I don’t see many goals being scored in this set of fixtures anyway, but especially not at St James’ Park.”

Mark Lawrenson predictions so far

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Lawrenson admittedly has a point if Wednesday’s return fixture against Aston Villa is anything to go by. The Blades lacked any real attacking threat in the 0-0 draw at Villa Park – despite being failed by goal-line technology and VAR when Villa goalkeeper Orjan Nyland appeared to spill an Oliver Norwood cross over the line.

Yet victory would have flattered the visitors in what was a fairly dull affair in Birmingham. Also, Chris Wilder’s side suffered defeat last time they met Newcastle.

Once again there was VAR controversy as a Jonjo Shelvey goal stood despite everyone else stopping play when the midfielder was flagged offside. The Magpies went onto to win 2-0 at Bramall Lane.

This is actually the second time Lawro has made a prediction for this fixture as well. Last time he said Newcastle would win, before the game – and all other professional matches – were indefinitely suspended.

Yet what really grates on Blades fans is the pundit consistently writing the club off. If Lawrenson had been correct with all of his predictions this season, Wilder’s men would be 16th and two points outside the relegation zone.

Instead they are sixth and four points off the Champions League places.

He even has the benefit of hindsight, making his predictions the week before the next round of fixtures. But it still doesn’t stop him.

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